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Curated research library of TV news clips regarding the NSA, its oversight and privacy issues, 2009-2014

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Primary curation & research: Robin Chin, Internet Archive TV News Researcher; using TV News Archive service.

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Richard Blumenthal
U.S. Senator, D-Connecticut
CSPAN 07/31/2013
Blumenthal: I have no doubts about the FISA judges pushing back and having a commitment to the rule of law. But in appearance, the system is failing and failing fast to maintain the trust and credibility of the American people who want to be protected from terrorists threats but at the same time, also protected from the degradation
Richard Blumenthal
U.S. Senator, D-Connecticut
CSPAN 07/31/2013
Blumenthal continued 1: of their constitutional rights. So I am introducing a bill that would change the appointment and selection procedure so that the appearance and the reality of diversity of view and aggressive protection of constitutional rights is maintained and enhanced. I'll introduce this bill tomorrow that would involve circuit court judges on our courts of appeals, chief judges in the appointment process with the continued involvement of the chief justice. And change also the FISA court
Richard Blumenthal
U.S. Senator, D-Connecticut
CSPAN 07/31/2013
Blumenthal continued 2: of reviews selection process. I found in my years that, one of a judges worst nightmares is incompetent counsel. The reason is, especially in a criminal trial. Incompetent counsel or lack of counsel for the defendant means that the record on appeal is weaker, the test and clash of litigation is diminished in quality.
Richard Blumenthal
U.S. Senator, D-Connecticut
CSPAN 07/31/2013
Blumenthal continued 3: That’s the basic principal that I think should be involved in some way in the FISA court as well. And so a second bill I’m prosing is for a special advocate to be involved, not necessarily in the ex-party proceedings on every single warrant, or surveillance or search, but at some
Richard Blumenthal
U.S. Senator, D-Connecticut
CSPAN 07/31/2013
Blumenthal continued 4: point, when there are significant issues of law so that different sides are presented. Challenges are made. And the judge or panel has the benefit of that contention that is at the core of our court process. Our courts not only insist on, but thrive on the clash and testing of different points of view no matter if it’s
Richard Blumenthal
U.S. Senator, D-Connecticut
CSPAN 07/31/2013
Blumenthal continued 5: debate on a legal issue or cross examination, that’s at the essence of our litigation process. So I think in appearance if not in reality, the current design of the FISA court stacks the deck against the protection of our civil liberties and can be improved and enhanced without sacrificing either speed or
Richard Blumenthal
U.S. Senator, D-Connecticut
CSPAN 07/31/2013
Blumenthal continued 6: security. Because those special advocates can be cleared before hand for security purposes. They can be involved after the fact, if necessary, on appeal in effect to the FISA court of review or to the united states supreme court. And I hope this lead to the question. I hope Mr. Cole and Mr. Litt, you will join in this process of trying to improve
Richard Blumenthal
U.S. Senator, D-Connecticut
CSPAN2 11/18/2014
Blumenthal: This bill advances the cause of safeguarding our nation without in many way detracting from its essential operational intelligence capabilities. In fact, National Intelligence Director Clapper has said -- and I'm quoting -- "the bill will retain the essential operational capabilities of the existing bulk telephone metadata program while eliminating bulk collection." This bill increases trust and confidence and credibility of our intelligence system. It advances that trust and confidence in the capability of government surveillance to do its job but at the same time protect our vital privacy interests.
Richard Blumenthal
U.S. Senator, D-Connecticut
CSPAN2 11/18/2014
Blumenthal: It advances the cause of constitutional liberty and the appearance and perception of trust in that system. And it does so by making the foreign intelligence surveillance court look like and function like the courts that we are accustomed to seeing issue search warrants in the criminal process and protect essential liberties. It does it by strengthening, in fact, installing an adversarial process so that more than just the government's version of the facts and law are presented to the foreign intelligence surveillance court. It does it by providing for appellate review, just like we have in normal civilian courts. And it does it by increasing the transparency and accountability of the FISA court system.
Richard Blumenthal
U.S. Senator, D-Connecticut
CSPAN2 11/18/2014
Blumenthal: Our founders would have been astonished and appalled to learn that we permit warrants to be issued by a secret court, operating in secret, issuing secret opinions, making secret law, much like the star chamber did. And that's why this reform is so profoundly and historically important, because we make the FISA court one that we can more aptly and abundantly trust, one that will have credibility and confidence. I support this bill. I thank my colleagues for showing that we can work together in a bipartisan way to safeguard the essential rights of Americans at the same time that we protect and preserve our national security.
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